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25 JULY, 2008

Friday FYI: You’re Richer Than You Think

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How to instantly feel more fabulous and why not watching Goran Visnjic can save Haiti.

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Ever find yourself couch-vegging in front of VH1′s Fabulous Lives of… only to end up contemplating just how unfabulous your own life is? There’s help — because there’s nothing like some good ol’ downward social comparison to make yourself feel better.

Enter Global Rich List — just plug in your annual income, and you’ll get just how many people you’re richer than and what wealth percentile you fall into. We’re proud to say we’re the 173,043,479th richest in the world, in the top 2.88% on the bling scale. (Never mind we barely make rent.)

Even a minimum-wage American burger-flipper making $16,140 a year is still the 719,547,292nd richest person in the world, in the top 11.99%.

And as much as we enjoy feeling pimp, we dig the concept behind the Global Rich List — feel richer than you thought you were, appreciate your own fortune and share it with the less fortunate. The project is currently supporting CARE International, a global organization fighting poverty by providing families with the food they need to survive in the short term, then helping the communities create sustainable solutions for the future.

If you’re still not feeling rich, fortunate or generous enough, here’s some more food for thought — to help you turn it into food on some malnourished child’s table.

  • $8 could buy you 15 organic apples, or 25 fruit trees for farmers in Honduras to grow and sell fruit at their local market
  • $30 could buy you an ER DVD box set, or a First Aid kit for a village in Haiti
  • $73 could buy you a new mobile phone, or a new mobile health clinic to care for AIDS orphans in Uganda
  • $2400 could buy you a second-generation High Definition TV, or schooling for an entire generation of school children in an Angolan village

So: just how rich are you?